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Good Tidings: The Year in Ahsahta Press

By:    Published 10:51 am / December 15, 2010

2010 marked the 35th year of Ahsahta Press, a year studded with distinctions to celebrate.

Known in the literary world for publishing elegant contemporary work from “an eclectic range of aesthetics,” Ahsahta recently was named one of the top 10 small presses by Atlantic Monthly commentator Adam Roberts.

Ahsahta authors also made headlines this year, including:

Julie Carr’s “100 Notes on Violence,” which won Ahsahta’s 2009 Sawtooth Poetry Prize, was named one of the five best books of poetry in Library Journal’s roundup of top “Niche Nonfiction” in 2010.

Poetry blogger CAConrad bestowed the “Sexiest Poem Award” on Brenda Iijima for “Panthering,” a selection from her book “If Not Metamorphic.”

Rachel Loden’s “Dick of the Dead” was named a 2010 finalist for both the PEN USA award in poetry and the California Book Awards.

Ahsahta books on best-seller lists during 2010 include: Carr’s “100 Notes on Violence,” Iijima’s “If Not Metamorphic,” Brian Teare’s “Pleasure,” Karla Kelsey’s “Iteration Nets,” Susan Tichy’s “Gallowglass,” Sandra Doller’s “Chora,” and Heidi Lynn Staples’ “Dog Girl.”

These titles and dozens more are available through the Ahsahta Press website.

Ahsahta Press is a not-for-profit literary publisher founded at Boise State to preserve the best works by early poets of the American West. With the inception of the MFA in Creative Writing Program, the press has expanded its scope, presenting the work of poets from across the nation whose work is selected through the national Sawtooth Poetry Prize competition and general submission.